The begining of my own interest in photography began with my fascination of the war imagery on display between the folds of Time and Life magazines during the
"Poynter is thrilled to partner with Conflict Zone on this innovative exhibit," said Kenneth F. Irby, senior faculty at Poynter in their press release. "Members in our communities need to see these penetrating images that are a powerful record of courageous reporting acts by women and men who bear witness to the tragedy and trauma of war, so that others can more fully appreciate the needs and circumstances of a world they know very little about. The exhibit is a sobering examination of human inhumanity against itself."
Along with Siva, the exhibit will feature the work of the late
According to Poynter, Silva has been recuperating from his injuries in the Washington D.C., area for more than a year and recently competed in the New York Times marathon riding a handcycle this past Sunday.
The Conflict Zone is a special project of The Independence Fund, a non-profit that helps meet some to of the long-term financial and equipment needs of severely injured troops and their families. Half of any of the proceeds raised through Conflict Zone will be donated to the Joao Silva Fund, 25 percent to the Fisher House and the remainder to support the Independence Fund.
Silva's haunting series of images snapped in the seconds after he was injured in the blast are included in the exhibit, which features nearly 100 photographs in its permanent collection as well as video and audio from Iraq and Afghanistan. It also includes the Chris Hondros iconic image of a screaming 5-year-old girl whose parents were shot and killed at a checkpoint in Iraq. Hondros, one of the key supporters and contributors to Conflict Zone, died in April while on assignment in Libya. The exhibit is dedicated to him.
Poynter invites the public to an opening night reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Naughton Pavilion at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. It will feature Stephen Cochran, a Nashville music sensation and a Marine combat veteran who served in Iraq and was severely injured in Afghanistan. Also speaking will be Greg Campbell, a close friend of Chris Hondros.
A gallery of images from Conflict Zone can be viewed on the Conflict Zone website . The multimedia website was created by Laura Sellinger, a combat veteran who was injured in Iraq while deployed for the
I won't be able to make the opening reception myself as I will be on assignment but I hope others take the time to attend and meet some of the people who have put their lives on the line to provide you with a first-hand view of the conflicts and the brave men and women who serve.
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